Jon Langford gets used to uselessness on song from forthcoming solo album

Any list of folk-punk rockers  has to include Welsh-born Jon Langford, the Mekons’ founding drummer (and later guitarist) who fell in love with American folk and roots rock.

He’s helped inject punk with with folk influences on records by his bands the Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and in conjunction with the Old 97’s, Alejandro Escovedo and Sally Timms. Then there’s his solo career, which started with a Johnny Cash covers album in 1995 and continued with 1998’s “Skull Orchard,” his first solo release of original material. He’s also a visual artist.

Langford returns Aug. 24 with “Old Devils,” his first solo album since 2006, and he and Bloodshot Records are giving away the jangling, up-tempo (and wry) song “Getting Used to Uselessness.”

Getting Used to Uselessness mp3

Photo by Nero’s House of Women

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